Archive for ‘30’s’

December 29, 2018

The Sunday Post best

The Broons – every year growing up we’d have either an Oor Willie annual in our Christmas stocking or a Broons one. Beautifully pen & brush ink work by Dudley D. Watkins for DC Thompson they epitomized the straightforward Scottish character of the Twentieth Century.

Maw & Paw Broon with their eight children: Hen, Daphne, Joe, Maggie, Horace, the Twins and The Bairn. And Gran’paw too.

This is a great spread of the parents trying to get away for a peaceful weekend only to be overrun by their offspring and friends.

As they would declare: “Jings, Crivvens an’ help m’Boab!”

In the upper right Maggie rides in with one of her beaus (aplenty) .

December 1, 2018

A foursome of quarters

Passage of Time – I’ve decided to clean up this blog a bit. By subscribing to the WordPress platform I eliminate the daft ads that appear at the bottom of the page and get a dedicated address. Put it in yer favorites for an occasional dabble down the rabbit hole of the 2,800 or so posts… that eight years worth…

https://geordiebiker.com

Look out for further improvements in the New Year!

November 28, 2018

Army

Industrial – A brick wall of the vintage commercial building that houses the Moto Museum is an appropriate backdrop for this 1936 CZ pre War Czechoslovakia military tool.

There are definite hints of period BMW’s in its frame lines and the somber color scheme would look in place along the cobbled streets of Prague.

November 26, 2018

Badge

Moto Museum Marques – a few of the European makes on show at the St Louis motorcycle museum. A varied collection of owner Steve Smith they represent a wide assortment of 7 decades of motorcycles. All in immaculate condition and room to wander around and get close up to them. More photos to show through the week!

November 24, 2018

Continental Collector

Curate! A selection of the ‘special’ collection at the moto museum here in St Louis. All European marques from countries such as Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium & Switzerland. We were given a private peek at them!

November 2, 2018

Snapshot

Sunny Smile – someone’s girlfriend sitting astride their pride and joy. Late Thirties Triumph Speed Twin 5T with girder forks, rigid rear end and only available in the luscious amaranth red. These were in production until the 14 November 1940 when the German bombing of Coventry led to the destruction of the Triumph factory. An order of thousands of military spec 5T’s were destroyed as well as all of Triumph’s technical records, drawings and designs. Post War an updated 5T helped rebuild Triumph to become the worldwide leader for another couple of decades.

October 8, 2018

Classic Car

White -The late thirties saw the creation of what is sometimes considered the most beautiful of American cars: The Cord 812. The visual brainchild of noted automobile designer Gordon Buehrig; its sleek lines, emphasized by flip-up headlights, hidden hinges, and the classic wraparound ‘coffin’ grill, had looks that heralded a bright future. Cutting his teeth as head bodywork designer for Duesenberg he stated that a large influence on his design ethos was architect Le Corbusier’s book “Towards a New Architecture”.

September 20, 2018

20 liters

Jerry Can – the cunning folk at Icon 1000 have given this Tiger 800 a definite utilitarian brutish appeal. With a finish like machine pressed galvanized steel sheet, ready to roll through some dystopian military industrialized kingdom.

September 16, 2018

Santa Fe or Bust

Art of the Motorcycle- prominent American artist Georgia O’Keeffe smiles as her Harley Davidson rider, contemporary painter Maurice Grosser, takes off along some dusty New Mexican trail looking for high desert inspiration.

May 19, 2018

Blue Blood

Royalty – with the wedding of Harry & Meghan earlier today I thought I’d look at the Windsor’s and compare them with their corresponding Triumph. Queen Mother? Model H, old world classic, suitable for a day at the races. Prince Philip? A German TWN 2 Stroke – the European Triumph. QE2? Easy, a ’59 Bonnie; timeless classic. Princess Margaret? The racy Thruxton, Charles? The too-little-too-late Trophy 250.

William & Harry? The new Triumphs! 675 Daytona or T120 Bonneville. Next generation.

March 14, 2018

The Wheel

Full Circle – March 14th which in the US is also known as pi day 3.14

Top Left: Model H (1914)

Top Right: Tiger 90 (1937)

Lower Left: Tiger Cub (1963)

Lower Left: Bonneville T120 (2017)

March 8, 2018

Hands-Free

International Women’s Day – Dot Smith aka Marjorie Dare defying gravity around “The Wall of Death” at the historic Kursaal amusement park in Essex, England, 1938.

February 24, 2018

Fore!

Mashie or Niblick? What better way to head to The Links than on a trusty BSA with your dog as co-pilot? Better make sure the wheels don’t get snagged by an errant Baffing Spoon!

February 11, 2018

Vloek

Backfire! One of the unfriendly characteristics of a kickstarting motorcycle is the occasional pre-detonation that flails the lever back into your foot or shin. There aren’t enough curse words in the English language when this happens… Fantastic depiction by the talented pen and ink work of Dutch illustrator Charles Burki “The Recoil!”

December 23, 2017

Whodunnit

Murder is Easy – Agatha Christie jape with multi-talented actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead detective in a 2008 television adaptation. Originally published in 1939 it was the successful mystery writers first step away from Hercule Poirot, though this TV show rolled in Miss Marple as the main protagonist with Benedict’s character Luke Fitzwilliam as a younger less-experienced ‘sidekick’. More to the point: what’s ‘e ridin’? Well a marvelous 1950 or 51 Triumph Speed Twin in glorious amaranth red. When are Triumph bringing that color back? It would look smashing on their new Bobber.

The blue car, tell us about the blue car! Well, that’s in the story too, the love interest, Bridget Conway, drives a powder blue 1960 MGA open top roadster.

Leather driving gloves, silk scarves and cases lashed to the parcel rack… how very English!